Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall Golf in Mid-Michigan

Michigan Central Swing can help you create you're very own high-caliber, picturesque fall golf package.  Our program features 12 courses all within 30 minutes of mount pleasant and 11 lodging options so you can create a package that fits your skills and budget.

 PholCat Golf Course

Come play one of our 4 premiere courses; St. Ives, Tullymore, Bucks Run, and PohlCat at reduced fall rates while enjoying all the fall color on the golf course.

 Tullymore Golf Course

Looking for a great accompanying 4 star course to add to your package, check out The Emerald, Snow Snake, Riverwood Resort, or play Eagle Glen, and The Pines at Lake Isabella the 2013 host of the Michigan Publinx State Match play.

Bucks Run Golf Course

Here are some great options for you to consider this fall:
Package #1
Play St, Ives, PohlCat, and the Emerald stay two nights at the Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel (includes $10.00 in casino play per room booked) $250.00p.p.

Package #2
Play Snow Snake, Bucks Run, and Riverwood resort.  Stay two nights at the clean, budget friendly, and locally owned Mt. Pleasant Inn & Suites.  $208.00 p.p.

Package #3
Play Eagle Glen, The Pines at Lake Isabella, and Tullymore.  Stay two nights at the closest hotel to the casino; The Baymont Inn for $255.00 p.p.

Packages start anywhere from $125.00 p.p. and up.  Call 1 -888 - 436 - 0001 and get the ball rolling for a great fall get-a-way or visit and create your one of a kind golf trip today.

The weather is looking great this upcoming weekend - October 11th - 13th.  Sunny & 70's

 Saturday SUNNY with 0% chance of rain - High 72


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Zonta Apple Fest Comes to Mt. Pleasant

  Photo by: Mark Ranzenberger
 Take time to smell the fall crisp air, soak up the colors of the fall, and sink you're teeth into a sweet treat like the fresh made donuts, apple dumplings, and the signature apple delight. Wash it all down with some apple cider and explore all that the Zonta Applefest has to offer. There will be children's games, crafts, and a bake sale, making it the perfect event for the whole family.

New this year, the Zonta Applefest will have four local food vendors including Max and Emily's, Hot Dog Central, Pisanello's Pizza, and homemade crepes. They will bring a mini "Taste of Mount Pleasant" to the event so that attendees can try some of Downtown's best foods.

  Photo by: Mark Ranzenberger
Originally a committee put this event together as a fundraising event and it remains a fundraising event today. The money raised at this event will go toward projects that further the advancement of women. Zonta is an international service organization that puts on service functions and works towards bettering the community and the advancement of women.

This will be the 26th annual Zonta Applefest. In the past the event was held at McIntosh Orchard, but it has found its new home at Papa's Pumpkin Patch after the closure of McIntosh Orchard.

Since their move, they have expanded into not only offering apple products, but Papa's Pumpkin Patch also helped the program grow by offering pumpkins for kids to buy and rides which have helped make this event the highlight of the fall season. Helen Chase of the Zonta Club stated that her favorite part of the festival is listening to the children laugh and have a good time. She also enjoys walking around and seeing all of the crafters who show their work.

This year's Zonta Applefest will take place at Papa's Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, October 5th. Papa's Pumpkin Patch is located at 3909 S. Summerton Rd. on the corner of Broomfield and Summerton in Mount Pleasant, MI. Events will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Mark your calendars and get ready for this kick off to the fall season. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Art Walk Central 2013 - August is all about the Art

Art WalkCentral, a community wide art competition and exhibit sponsored by Art Reach of Mid Michigan, will take place throughout Mt. Pleasant from August 7 through 28, 2013.  More than 100 artists from throughout Michigan and beyond will display their art work in Mt. Pleasant stores, art galleries, public spaces and businesses.  

Artist Lorna Poulos has entered a sculpture you will find downtown at town center.  The piece features a tree with flowing "leaves" and a butterfly.  The unique feature of the butterfly sculpture is the pinwheel addition.  Walk up to the piece and spin the wheel, when you look through the pinwheel the colors change in the wings of the butterfly making this a creative addition to the month long event.

Visitors of the event may participate by voting for their favorite art entries.  The artists receiving the most votes will win a cash prize.  Voters must register before voting; voter registration may be done on line at  Voting begins at 9 a.m. on August 7 and ends at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 28 at the Art Reach Auction for the Benefit of the Arts fundraiser.

Pieces of art can be found throughout Mt. Pleasant; inside stores, the Art museum of Central Michigan University's campus, and the Ziibiwing Center.  Photographer Kelli Walton's collage of photos can be found at the locally owned Max & Emily's Eatery and features 11 different babies all under 10 days old.  "It's a celebration of new life and parenthood," said Walton.  Walton won second place last year and had great things to say about this years entries.  "This year Art Walk Central has really increased the quality or art.  there is more sculptures and interactive art."

"New" by Kelli Walton

“The month of August is all about the ART!” stated Kathryn Hill, Executive Director of Art Reach of Mid Michigan.  “We’re excited about the quality of art entered in this year’s event. We have several outdoor sculpture pieces that are sure to ignite curiosity.”

 Have you seen Big Foot?  He is waiting for you at City Hall.  the larger than life piece was created by artist Justin La Doux of Alma, Michigan and is made entirely with recycled metal.

Big Foot by Justin La Doux
Registration and voting has already begun for this event.  You can register from now until August 26th and the last day of voting is August 27th.  One of the volunteers at registration is CMU student Kara Kinsman.  Kinsman has been interning with Art Reach this summer and wanted to get a feel for the event.  "I hope to run a studio one day and I thought I would get a lot of experience and see how a large event like this is run," said Kinsman.  "It's the second day and we have more than 230 people registered and voting already," added Kinsman.

Be sure to come and check out all the artist works and the added weekend events to really get into the mood and experience all Art Walk Central has to offer here in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

"Visual Rhythm" by Robert Barnum

Community art events will take place throughout the month as part of the Art Walk Central event.

 View the entire month of activities below:

Wednesday, August 7
                9                              Voting Begins!
                5-7                          Art Reach Meet and Greet Event

Thursday, August 8
3:30                        Artist Talk:  Brett Sauve, Ann Kowaleski and Carol Sue Bentley at the Park Library, with a reception to follow at the CMU Art Gallery

Friday, August 9
                3                              Artist Talk:  ICCU.  Artists: Lily Kostrzewa and Katie Chichester Mester

Saturday, August 10
                9-2                          Plein Air Workshop with instructor Rex Tower (2 weeks). 
10-2                       Community Paint Day (intersection of Main and Broadway)
                4                              Off Broadway Dancers demonstration (Town Center)
6-8                          Art Battle in Town Center (Glow sand provided by VML)
                8:30-10                 Movies by Moonlight at City Hall.  “Happy Feet”

The Art Battle 

Tuesday, August 13
                1-3                          “Inspired by Jeff Coons – I Love Art Topiary”
                5                              Artist Talk:  Dennis Edwards at Flour Uprising
6-8                          Chalk Art Workshop at Art Reach.  Limit of 20 participants. 

Wednesday, August 12
2-4                          China Painting  Demonstration by Donna Roberts.  Ginkgo Tree Inn

Thursday, August 15      
9-5                          Chalk art event in front of old Isabella Bank building
6:30 – 8:30           Carving workshop for Steamroller printing activity

Friday, August 16
                9-5                          Chalk art event in front of old Isabella Bank building
                3                              Artist Talk:  ICCU.  Artists:  Mark and Sarah Cox

Chalk Art 

Saturday, August 17
                9-2                          Plein Air Workshop with instructor Rex Tower.  Lunch provided by Max & Emily’s
10-noon               Chalk art event.  Prizes awarded at 1:00 p.m. in front of Art Reach
10-2                       “Magnificent Mt. Pleasant” installation.  Inspired by Mike and Doug Starn’s “Big Bambu” project.
                                This project is supported by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
8:30-10                 Movies by Moonlight at City Hall.  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Tuesday, August 20
                1-3                          Hand made musical instruments. Drop in activity

Friday, August 23
                4                              Artist Talk:  Ted Evans and Jason Mathews at CMU Art Gallery

Saturday, August 24
                11-4                       Steamroller print making
1-3                          Bubble making
                5-6:30                    Judge’s Roundtable at City Hall.  Judge’s favorites will be announced
                7:00                        Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series: Howie Day

Steamroller Print Making 

Tuesday, August 27
                1-3                          Drop in craft activity.  Pin wheels
                5                              Voting concludes

Wednesday, August 28
5:30                        Art Reach Auction/Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  All Art Walk Central winners will be announced

For more information or questions, call Art Reach at (989) 773-3689, or visit the Art Walk website at

Look Who's Singing on Broadway - Verve Pipe

The Verve Pipe, an alternative rock band, will be making their way to the streets of Mount Pleasant in just 2 weeks. This band, located just down the road in East Lansing, will be performing on July 18th at 7pm in Downtown Mount Pleasant.

The Verve Pipe was founded in 1992 by brothers Brian and Brad Vander Ark, Brian Stout and Donny Brown. Brian Vander Ark has been providing lead vocals and playing guitar in the band since its creation in 1992 along with Donny Brown who provides vocals and plays the drums. His brother, Brad, played bass in the band until 2002. The band currently consists of Donny and Brian as well as; Craig Griffith playing harmonica, Lou Musa on guitar, Randy Sly on keyboard and Andy Reed on bass.

The band has released 5 albums in their career, starting with Pop Smear in December of 1993. That was followed with Villians in 1996, Verve Pipe in 1999 and Underneath in 2001. In 2009 the band was approached to record a song for a compilation album called Calling All Kids. This led the band to record a family friendly album, appropriately named A Family Album, released in 2009.

After releasing A Family Album the Verve Pipe began touring in small venues along the East Coast and throughout Michigan, including Mount Pleasant. the Verve Pipe will bring its rockin’ family music to our streets on July 18th, starting at 7pm. So grab a chair, grab a friend and get ready to rock n’ roll. 

Look Who's Singing on Broadway - Howie Day

 They say time flies when you’re having fun and it’s never seemed so true. The Max and Emily Concert Series has entertained thousands this summer with their 5 for 5 Concert Series, which will conclude August 24th with Howie Day & Friends.
            Howie Day, born in Brewer, Maine, has been performing since the early 1990s. Day’s first album, Australia, which he self-financed and self-released, hit the shelves in November of 2000. Despite not having an agent or a record label, Day’s debut album made it to number 18 on the US Heat charts.
            Two years later Howie Day signed with the record label Epic Records, and released his next album, Stop All the World Now, in 2005. This record went on to become Epic Record’s first album to be certified gold. Stop All the World Now also spawned Howie Day’s two most successful singles, She Says and Collide.
            Day followed that success up with three more albums. Be There and Sound the Alarm, which he released only 4 months apart, were released in May and September of 2009. His most recent release was Ceasefire, an EP that hit shelves in June of 2011.
            Don’t miss out on another wonderful performer as the 5th Annual Max and Emily’s Summer Concert Series concludes with Howie Day on August 24th at 7pm. This summer’s wonderful performers, Kris Allen, The Ragbirds, Verve Pipe, Saucecats and next week’s Howie Day are brought to you by Isabella Bank, Downtown Mt. Pleasant, Central Michigan University, and Max and Emily's Eatery.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Fresh from the Garden

  Restaurants across the country are starting to get back to their roots, literally. The newest trend in the culinary world is farm fresh foods. Customers want fresh fruits and vegetables in their meals, and the fresher, the better. Many restaurants in Mount Pleasant already serve dishes featuring local produce, but one is taking the farm fresh request to the next level.
 Camille’s on the River, located in downtown Mount Pleasant has started a new project that will provide their customers with the freshest food options possible. Camille’s Garden is a new addition that the restaurant will utilize for the freshest possible ingredients to prepare their dishes. Since its opening Camille’s has been locally focused, buying their meats, vegetables and other key ingredients from local producers.
            The garden is located directly outside of Camille’s on the River and can even be seen from the restaurant’s windows. The garden features a variety of vegetables including squash, zucchini and several types of herbs. The garden is also host to a large quantity of tomatoes. “Tomatoes are very easy to maintain, and they’re a key price point for us, so I figured they’d be perfect to grow here,” said Chef Brent of Camille’s.
            While guests may have to wait for some of the gardens delectable pickings to come into season, such as the freshly grown corn and tomatoes, some of the plants are already producing delicious ingredients. Chef Brent is already incorporating the tomatoes, squash, zucchini and herbs into some of Camille’s signature dishes, and is also working to create new dishes that will utilize the garden.
When the garden was in its early stages Chef Brent collaborated with the garden’s main tender about what would grow well and what he hoped to see in the garden. One of the unique features of the garden is two hives of honey bees. Chef Brent explained, “Not only can we utilize the honey the bees produce, but they’re also great for pollinating the plants.”
To celebrate this new addition Mountain Town Station and Camille’s will be joint hosting two Garden Dinners on August 16th and September 6th. These events will allow guests to enjoy a fresh and delicious plated dinner outside in the garden. The event is $50 and features both red and white table wines.
            So if the idea of farm fresh foods make your taste buds water, look now further than Camille’s on the River. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared with an assortment of locally grown ingredients in the restaurant, as well as a view of the garden where your food was picked. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.  
call 989-773-0259
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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

International Traditions in the Center of Michigan

Love Locks is a growing historical tradition where two lovers will write or engrave their names on a padlock, often on their wedding day, and affix it to a tree, fence or bridge to preserve their love. The legend of these Love Locks varies throughout the world, but they all contain one common element; if two lovers make one and lock it somewhere, they’re love will last forever. 

This tradition is becoming more and more common, seen internationally in Europe and its surrounding countries, and has made its way to Mount Pleasant, finding a home at the Gingko Tree Inn. The Gingko Tree, a locally owned bed and breakfast located on Main Street, hosts six to seven weddings each summer.  The Gingko began doing weddings in the spring of 2012 and plans to continue.

The first couple to bring their engraved padlock was Brian and Jill Eldred. They were married on June 22nd of 2012 and brought the padlock when they stayed at the Gingko Tree Inn to celebrate their one year anniversary. Another lock, belonging to ‘Kim & Jinny’ was  placed when the couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary at the Gingko.
 The Inn’s fence currently holds 6 padlocks, and the  owner, Jean Prout, hopes to add many more in the future. “People can bring an engraved lock for any special occasion, they’re wedding, anniversary or maybe even for the birth of a child,” Prout said.

The Gingko Tree Inn is a locally run Bed and Breakfast in Downtown. The house, which was originally constructed in 1903, was purchased by Prout 6 years ago. After undergoing a complete renovation, the Ginkgo opened its doors. The Inn has 5 rooms, each with its own unique theme and antique furniture, as well as several banquet rooms. Tuesday through Saturday the Bistro is open to the public for lunch and dinner.

Whatever the special occasion, guests are invited to celebrate in this fully renovated, Victorian style Bed and Breakfast, and become a small piece of Mount Pleasant history by placing their lock of love.

To Learn More or To Book a Reservation,
Visit: or call (989)-773-8733